UNODC and OSCE joint support to Bosnia and Herzegovina in counter-terrorism financing investigations

3 June 2022, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: UNODC jointly with OSCE organized a five-day training course on strengthening Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capacity to identify, investigate and prosecute the financing of terrorism.

A total of 22 experts from the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the State Investigation and Protection Agency, Intelligence Security Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the relevant Ministries at the entity level, including eight local trainers previously trained by UNODC and OSCE, took part in the course.

The participants learned about techniques and methods to assist in the successful conduct of counter-terrorism investigations. The course particularly aimed at strengthening inter-agency cooperation through joint work on localized scenarios. The participants had an opportunity to identify existing gaps in the detection, investigation, and prevention of terrorism and its financing as well as gain practical knowledge and skills on efficient practices for conducting investigations of financial crimes.

To strengthen links with international partners, a representative of the EUROPOL European Counter Terrorism Centre presented the wide array of support it can bring to local financial investigations.

The training programme on countering the financing of terrorism has been implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina since December 2020, conducted in the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe in cooperation with the UNODC Global Programme Against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime, and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) and funded by the Government of the United States of America.

This activity contributes to SDG 16, particularly Target 16.4 to significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets, and combat all forms of organized crime.